There are four main types, the toughest of which is prison. This is used when a crime is so serious, or an offender’s record is so bad, no other sentence will do. Offenders will normally spend half their sentence in prison, and the rest on licence in the community.


in operating the sentencing system, Law should adopt the corrective machinery or the deterrence based on factual matrix. By deft modulation sentencing process be stern where it should be, and tempered with mercy where it warrants to be. The facts and given circumstances in each case, the nature of the crime, the manner in which it was planned and committed, the motive for commission of the crime, the conduct of the accused, the nature of weapons used and all other attending circumstances are relevant facts which would enter into the area of consideration

“Life sentence” means—

(a)a sentence of imprisonment for life;

(b)a sentence of detention for life under—
(i)section 250,
(ii)section 91 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000;
(iii)section 53(3) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933;
(iv)section 209 of the Armed Forces Act 2006;
(v)section 71A(4) of the Army Act 1955 or Air Force Act 1955 or section 43A(4) of the Naval Discipline Act 1957;

Concurrent sentence Prison terms for two or more offenses to be served at the same time, rather than one after the other. Example: Two five-year sentences and one three-year sentence, if served concurrently, result in a maximum of five years behind bars. Consecutive sentence Prison terms for two or more offenses to be served one after the other. Example: Two […]

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